So this is as good as it gets for our homeless on the Mornington Peninsula? The Mornington Peninsula Leader Newspaper revealed that the Salvation Army had referred the homeless to the Rosebud Foreshore including a mother and her three children who had resided there for seven weeks in a tent. Australian of the year, Lieutenant General, David Morrison was once quoted as saying “The Standard You Walk By Is The Standard That You Accept” and he should know. The reign of Sexual Misconduct that festered under the Command of David Morrison and the ADF’s treatment of former defense personnel who find themselves homeless and destitute is downright unconscionable. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/south-east/residents-react-with-sadness-and-anger-over-reports-that-homeless-people-are-being-placed-in-tents-at-rosebud-foreshore/news-story/00cad69b6cdab1823da7f6f4cefede9d
Then we have the Commander of the Salvation Army, Brendan Nottle, what of his standards? The recent revelation that the Salvation Army are supplying the homeless with tents and primus gas stoves, then referring them to the Rosebud Foreshore Camping Grounds, defy’s belief! I rang a friend of mine who has had many dealings with the homeless and those suffering from Mental Health ailments, Mr Andrew Klein and we decided we would both go down to Rosebud and have a look first hand. On Thursday 27th April Andrew and i ventured down to Rosebud and found the camping grounds empty, bar one or two caravans still packing to leave the site as it shuts down on the 30th April. We noticed a blue tarp popping out of some bushes and on further investigation we came across a tent, surrounded by shrubs with a Blue Tarp covering the roof for extra protection.
I approached the tent and called out if there was anybody inside and was greeted by a lady and her partner who introduced themselves as Deb and Rod, (names changed to protect). Deb told Andrew and i that she had been referred to the Rosebud Foreshore by PYFS, Peninsula Youth Family Services, a service provided by the Salvation Army! Deb went on to tell us that she is a former State Ward and had fallen into homeless after being discharged from her wardship at age 18. Thrown onto the street by the government, just as thousands of other State Wards were, and left to fend for herself. Deb and Rod also stated that PYFS had told them that they would be able to camp there for no fee as camping ground was closing over winter. Once they arrived they learnt that they would have to pay $110 a week if they wanted a powered site and given it was 10 degrees outside, Deb and Rod had no choice other than pay for a powered site for heating etc,etc. Thats two thirds of Deb’s newstart allowance, leaving very little for food, prescriptions etc. Rod tells us that because of his drug addiction, (currently on methadone) he cannot receive newstart allowance as he is unfit for work but not unfit enough to receive disability or sickness allowance. The couple go on to tell us that they are freezing cold at night and are constantly killing spiders and other bugs. I told Deb i would return the next day, 28th, with a heater that would be safe for them to use in tent. I rang Deb on the 28th to let her know i was on my way and was told that she had already gone out and brought one for $15 to which i replied “How are you for food”? Deb answered she was fine and did’nt need any help and she also stated she has trouble asking anyone for help. I could’nt help but think that someone had a word to her regarding her stay on foreshore. I wonder how much, if any, money has changed hands between the Rosebud Shire Council and the Salvation Army? Are we seeing another Camp Pell being erected at Rosebud? The Salvation Army are gifted millions and millions by our government and bequeths yet the best that Brendan Nottle can come up with, “The Standard That He Accepts” is a tent and three hail mary’s! Thank God For The Salvo’s!
Let me tell you a story about a most vile regime
who wield a “Red Shield” like a well oiled machine
dressed in black uniform all pressed and preened
lie’s a most sinister evil a most vile regime
“Thank God For The Salvo’s”and the trust they betrayed
“Thank God For The Salvo’s”and their paedophyllic way’s
“Thank God For The Salvo’s” for the scar’s on display
“Thank God For The Salvo’s” you may need them one day
Now Forgotten Australian’s throughout the nation the State wards,The Stolen and Child Migration know all too well of their deprivation
“Thank God For The Salvo’s” and the stain of salvation.